Geographical indicatons

The EU also wants to use the Doha Round to improve the protection of geographical indications – the special legal identity given to products like Parma Ham and Roquefort cheese that are closely linked to a particular place and tradition of production. While wines and spirits currently enjoy a certain level of protection in the Agreement on Trade-Related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs), the EU looks to extend this level of protection to all geographical indication, thereby ending the product differentiation that currently exists. In order to facilitate the protection of geographical indications, the EU supports the establishment of a multilateral system of notification and registration of geographical indications.

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